COLUMBIA, Mo.— FCS Financial, a member of the Farm Credit System, has pledged $25,000 to establish the FCS Financial – Missouri 4-H Animal Science Fund. The pledge supports the Missouri 4-H Foundation endowment initiative, The Next Sixty Years, which focuses on providing permanent support for University of Missouri Extension 4-H state programs.

The new fund will support animal science programs, including dairy, livestock and horse judging. These programs are essential to the future of agriculture in the state of Missouri and are the roots of 4-H.

“Supporting our rural youth is the key to a successful Missouri,” said FCS Financial CEO Daryl Oldvader. “We are honored to be a part of The Next Sixty Years initiative and are committed to helping 4-H members continue their education process in the animal science field.”

“The Missouri 4-H Foundation is thrilled that FCS Financial has generously committed to continuing its support of Missouri’s rural youth through this new fund,” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

A longtime supporter of Missouri’s rural youth, FCS Financial supports Missouri 4-H at many levels. “The scope of FCS Financial’s support to Missouri 4-H members is phenomenal,” Reams said. “FCS Financial provides everything from scholarships, grants and state funding to local funding and in-kind gifts, not to mention the time the organization devotes through its employees to assist 4-H. We are extremely grateful for all FCS Financial does to enhance opportunities for our youths now and in the future.”

FCS Financial is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides credit and financial services to farmers, ranchers, rural residents and agribusiness. With more than 95 years of lending experience, the Farm Credit System is the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States. FCS Financial serves 102 counties in Missouri through 25 office locations. For information, visit

For more than 60 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has secured and managed funding for Missouri 4-H state programs, scholarships, community service projects and volunteer training and recognition.

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